In childhood, I read Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden and my love of walled gardens was born. Now I create my own narratives set behind garden walls. This gives me a beautiful excuse to visit other people’s gardens and spend time in my own. Using drawings, photographs and memory as reference material, my paintings depict, through everyday incidents, the ancient idea of the garden as an earthly paradise providing joy, peace, pleasure and intimate moments of communication with nature. When I need a break, I go out and get my hands dirty. I have the best of both worlds.